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spiff1

[spif] /spɪf/
verb (used with object), Informal.
1.
to make spiffy (usually followed by up):
Let's spiff up this office with new furniture.
Origin of spiff1
1875-1880
1875-80; perhaps v. use of dial. spiff well-dressed; see spiffy

spiff2

[spif] /spɪf/ Slang.
noun
1.
a bonus or other form of remuneration given to retail salespeople for promoting the products of a particular manufacturer.
verb (used with object)
2.
to reward (a salesperson) with a spiff.
Origin
1855-60; origin uncertain
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  • The reason none of these fellos over here never get spiffed is because they make you pay after every drink.

    "Same old Bill, eh Mable!" Edward Streeter
Word Origin and History for spiffed

spiff

v.

"make neat or spruce," 1877 (with up or out), probably from spiffy (q.v.). Related: Spiffed; spiffing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for spiffed

spieler

noun

A person who makes a persuasively eloquent speech: a real accomplished spieler (1894+)

spiel

noun

  1. A barker's or hawker's persuasive talk (1896+)
  2. A speech meant to persuade by force and eloquence; a sales patter; line: I'll give his honor a spiel (1896+)
  3. An advertising monologue on radio or television (1940s+)

[fr German spielen, ''play'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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